What do Kente designs mean? – Textiles in Ghana (6/16)

What do Kente designs mean? – Textiles in Ghana (6/16)

The kentehene,
the chief of Bonwire weavers, is the official guardian of the history and
meaning of kente. This particular one… is proverbial. There is a fourth one
that I’ve yet to mention. Proverbial one – this is called
one man does not govern. Two heads are better than one. It takes more people to go in
to counsel. They are effectively the same, and some folk simply call it Fatia because this design
was given in honour to the wife
of the president of Ghana. So, a lot of people call this one Fatia. But it has got all the other names. That two heads are better than one, one man does not go into counsel,
and so forth. People call it in the name
of democracy. That’s what it is. The various patterns in the design
also have names. For example, you see
there are nine squares here, We call nine tufts of hair. When the chief goes in the durbah, there are young girls, they
ride in front of the king. And they have special head design and this is called
nine heads are better than one – sometimes used
for the council of elders. This is an … You swerve this way. You look at it – you go that way
and go that way. Osei Antobre is a leading master weaver
and shopkeeper in Bonwire. Master weavers are continually making
new designs and naming them – sometimes to commemorate
personal events. This is a … The name was given by me. I was having a boy who was a doctor, and he die all of a sudden. That means I’ve pinned a lot on the boy
but nothing came from it. What does that motif mean? This is a stool. Why did that represent the boy? Maybe he was come to make a chief,
to be a chief, but a death came to take it,
to take him away.

1 thought on “What do Kente designs mean? – Textiles in Ghana (6/16)

  1. Fatia is actually an alteration of the Egyptian name Fathia, فتحيه, the wife of the first president of Ghana and she was Egyptian.

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